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Bryan Traynor MD, PhD

Bryan J. Traynor MD, PhD

Senior Investigator and Chief, Neuromuscular Diseases Research Section, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland; Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Bryan Traynor, MD, PhD, is a neurologist and Senior Investigator at the National Institute on Aging, and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Traynor is best known for his work aimed at understanding the genetic etiology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). He led the international consortium that identified pathogenic repeat expansions in C9orf72 as a common cause of ALS and FTD. He has over 200 publications in professional journals, sits on the editorial boards of JAMA Neurology, JNNP, and Neurobiology of Aging, and has received numerous awards for his work including the NIH Director’s award, the Derek Denny-Brown award, the Sheila Essey award, and the Potamkin Prize.


Dr. Traynor holds US, Canadian, and European patents on the clinical testing and therapeutic intervention for the hexanucleotide repeat expansion of C9orf72.